Monday 22 November 2021

Press release : Ghislaine Maxwell’s family condemns her arbitrary detention and petitions to the UN

The brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell filed a complaint today with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding the arbitrary detention of their sister, imprisoned in the USA since July 2, 2020.

In their petition, François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle describe in detail the numerous violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by the United States of America, and of the “UN Mandela Rules”2 on the Treatment of Prisoners”.

This step is independent of the defence on the merits, overseen by Ms Maxwell’s US Counsel. It does not address the issue of the allegations, or of innocence or guilt but focuses exclusively on the conditions under which Ms Maxwell is being prosecuted and detained. It raises the question of whether Ms. Maxwell can receive a fair trial, which presupposes that she is able to benefit from the presumption of innocence prior to judgement and exercise her rights on an equal footing with the prosecution. Beyond Ms Maxwell’s particular situation, her case calls out for a much needed reflection on the increasing difficulty of being able to reach impartial judgements when defendants appearing before the courts are not only having to bear the weight of what they have been charged with but also the burden of media prejudice.

The petition filed to the UN is available on demand.

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Wednesday 27 May 2020

“A recording reveals that the Japanese Embassy in Paris would have encouraged its nationals to break the law, thus facilitating the abduction of French-Japanese children”

“A recording from a parliamentary session in Japan exposes that Japanese authorities held a seminar in Paris where they incited Japanese mothers to abduct their Franco-Japanese children from France to Japan. (…)”.

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Monday 8 April 2019

Alaa al-Aswany, author of the « Yacoubian Building », calls upon the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and the protection of freedom of expression to end persecution against him

François Zimeray, Matthias Fekl and Jessica Finelle submitted an allegation letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression to decry Alaa al-Aswany’s fate in Egypt.

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Friday 25 January 2019

Venezuela : UN experts asked to address an urgent call to Nicolas Maduro

Lawyers for the Commission of internal political affairs of the Venezuelan Parliament, François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle have filed an urgent communication before UN Special Rapporteurs, asking them to urge Nicolas Maduro to end the bloody repression of peaceful demonstrators.

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Saturday 12 January 2019

Saudi Arabia / human rights : “The trial of human rights activists must be the trial of death penalty”

“They are accused of instigating public disturbances and organizing peaceful protests against the government. Among the defendants, Mrs Israa Bint Hassan Bin Abdullah al-Ghamgham could be the first female human rights activist executed in Saudi Arabia”.

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